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Back to School Shopping: Tax Free Holidays (Not in New Jersey)

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A number of states are offering sales tax-free shopping “holidays” this year to entice shoppers to spur the economy before it’s time to go back to school.

Delaware Tax-FreeShoppingBankrate has the full scehdule, which includes some days that have already passed. New Jersey is not on the list; however, we never have to pay tax on clothing, and theoretically we could jump the border to Delaware which features no sales tax at all. New Jersey residents are supposed to claim out-of-state purchases when filing state income taxes to account for the missing sales tax revenue, but I don’t know of anyone who does this.

There is a sign either on I-95 or SR-896 as you enter Delaware from the north announcing, “Welcome to Delaware, home of tax-free shopping!” Well, it’s good for the state to have a distinguishing feature other than the smell of chicken manure.

Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published August 6, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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